Welcome to Pop or FLOP
Ratings are necessary to better understand a sparkling wine.
I chose a simple POP or FLOP rating system. Anything I want to see again is a POP. Else it’s a FLOP. What ticks my boxes you can read find in the sparkling wine cellar.
Don’t take ratings too serious. A sparkling wine is good if it tastes no matter what rating it has received! Your taste is important but stay informed.
🌐 Region: Freyburg (Unstrut)
🇩🇪 Country: Germany
🍾 Variety: Sparkling Wine
🍇 Grape varieties: –
🌶️ Taste: dry
📅 Vintage: –
📅 Disgorgement date: –
🥂 Alcohol: 11,0%
🍭 Sugar content: 20g/l
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 3,99 €
🏆 Rating: FLOP
🥂 Drink of the day: 24 Dec 2019
It used to be different
Rotkäppchen, trocken, the drink of every party in my wild youth. The exquisite enjoyment, according to the manufacturer, has been used for cocktails like Hugo or Aperol Sprizz.
I still remember the days when I waited for special offers of Rotkäppchen, trocken. 4,00€ per bottle was the maximum I was willing to spend on it. And nobody complained. Neither did I. It was consumed.
I thought it could be fun to have a Piccolo Rotkäppchen, trocken for Christmas. You don’t believe me? You got me. I need the bottle for Christmas decoration. It was cheap and it will do the trick. As decoration, I am skeptical about the drinking part.
The information about Rotkäppchen, trocken is very hidden. Basically it is a cuvee without a vintage. I have my first concerns.
King Edward refused to test. 5 minutes later he changed his mind.
Pale yellow color. Bubbles bubble up nicely.
Intense smell of acid. No flavors. I smell again just to make sure. No. It’s the same as before. No allure.
That started well.
Where do I start and where do I stop? Shall I put it nicely or is the brutal truth better? The truth is:
A good sparkling wine has very delicate fruit aromas. It can smells of yeast and brioche. The carbonic acid is not aggressive.
Not here. Rotkäppchen, trocken has no taste. At least not one that reminds me of sparkling wine. It’s very very acidic without flavors.
POP or Flop
FLOP. It was time for a reality check. Rotkäppchen, trocken is not a taste experience. It tastes better in my memory.
The drink of the day is selected with extra care today. I want a vintage on the bottle, a disgorgment date and taste!
Let’s start with Peter Stübinger, Muskatellersekt, trocken, 2017.
Spanish Cava and duck sounds also like an interesting combination: Mestres, Clos Nostre Senyor, Brut Nature, Gran Reserva 2008